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Creative Writing (CRWR)
Graduate Degree Program College: Arts and Humanities
The MFA in Creative Writing provides a professional course of study for graduate students seeking to perfect their ability to compose poems, stories, and novels. While primarily affording students intensive studio or practical work within their chosen genre, the MFA in Creative Writing requires that students incorporate such work with a traditional study of literature. The goal of the MFA in Creative Writing is to provide an atmosphere in which students can both hone their skills as writers and gain a theoretical and historical understanding of their craft.
The Department of English also offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in English Language and Literature . Please visit the English Language and Literature listing for more information.
Each year, the program accepts 8 applicants (4 fiction writers and 4 poets), who are fully funded by Teaching Assistantships, and, this current admissions cycle, we were able to enhance all 8 Teaching Assistantships with additional fellowship support. Our aid packages are typically 2-year agreements. As Teaching Assistants, our MFA students teach one class during their first year (in the spring semester) and three classes during their second year. Although a great deal of this teaching is Academic Writing (English 101), our MFA students are guaranteed at least one chance to teach an undergraduate creative writing workshop or to serve as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate literature course.
Lindsay Bernal Academic Coordinator Creative Writing Program Department of English 2116E Tawes Hall 7751 Alumni Drive Universtiy of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 Telephone: 301.405.3820 Email: [email protected] Joshua Weiner Director Creative Writing Program Department of English 3103 Tawes Hall 7751 Alumni Drive University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 Telephone: 301.405.3789 Email: [email protected]
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In addition to fulfilling Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.F.A. degree program should present a 3.0 GPA. Admission is for the Fall semester only. All application materials must be submitted electronically.
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Resources for research in the College Park and Washington, D.C. area are unsurpassed. The university’s libraries hold over 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the specialized resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Center for the Study of the Visual Arts. The university recently partnered with the Phillips Collection to create the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge, a dynamic collaboration that includes new curriculum, experimental and community-focused education programs, a new Phillips Collection gallery and an open storage facility in College Park.
UMCP is a member of the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington area, which permits graduate students at College Park to enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit at UMCP. Graduate students in English also may take courses for graduate credit at the Folger Institute of Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, which runs a series of seminars by distinguished scholars each year.
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Studio Art M.F.A
The M.F.A. program at Maryland allows artists the opportunity to dedicate three years to intensive studio practice and to the development of a strong conceptual and historical foundation to that practice.
The Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Maryland is a three-year, 60 credit interdisciplinary program of study. The focus of this program is placed squarely on studio practice.
Students admitted into the program are provided a spacious private studio and access to state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, digital-media and printmaking. Throughout the three-year course of study, M.F.A students spend the majority of their time working individually with our full-time faculty. Our faculty of practicing artists provide guidance and expertise in a variety of media. M.F.A candidates work on an individual basis with faculty members of their choosing, developing a conversation in which studio practice is discussed and works in progress are critiqued.
The M.F.A program at the University of Maryland emphasizes the need for strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of contemporary art practices. Bolstered by an active visiting artist lecture series and a graduate colloquium that brings in regional and national scholars and critics on an annual basis to work with M.F.A. candidates, students in the program are expected to maintain a strong studio practice and develop and strengthen the critical and conceptual discourse around which they create their work.
Situated within five miles of Washington, D.C., and less than 30 miles from Baltimore, MD, the University of Maryland offers M.F.A. candidates unparalleled access to some of the country's best art museums, galleries, performing arts centers and contemporary art institutions. In addition, the Department of Art maintains close ties to diverse areas of study within the university, including the performing arts, engineering, architecture, art history and archeology, among others. This allows candidates in our program to work with scholars from diverse media and have access to a diverse range of tools and technologies only available to those at large research institutions such as the University of Maryland.
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M.F.A. Assistantships, Fellowships and Awards
The majority of candidates in the M.F.A. program are also given the opportunity to gain teaching experience through departmental graduate assistantships. These GA positions, which include tuition remission and a stipend, are awarded on a competitive basis based on the strength of the applicant's portfolio and the needs of the department. In addition, the department offers numerous fellowships and awards to incoming and continuing M.F.A. candidates.
Graduate Level Departmental Awards
Each year, the Department of Art offers two special awards to exemplary M.F.A. students, who, through their creative endeavors and activity within the department, set new standards for the graduate program. The awards are:
The David C. Driskell Award of Excellence
This award is given to a graduating student for outstanding visual thesis, as well as for excellent teaching ability and overall service to the Department of Art. The award is made in honor of the late Professor Emeritus David C. Driskell. The recipient of this award is offered an adjunct faculty position for the course of the year following the recipient's successful graduation.
Daniel Nicholson Ohlke Memorial Fund Award
This monetary award aims to support the work of a promising graduate student who is entering their second year of study within the program.
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AY 2021-2022 MFA Program in Creative Writing and Alumni Updates
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Alumni publications and recent placements.
Recent alumni book publications.
Released in AY 2021-2022
- Elizabeth Acevedo (MFA, 2015), Inheritance: A Visual Poem (Quill Tree Books, May 2022), illustrated by Andrea Pippins
- Aaron Brown (MFA, 2015), Call Me Exile (Stephen F. Austin University Press, April 2022) and Less Than You Once Were (Unsolicited Press, April 2022)
- James Hoch (MFA, 2000), Radio Static (Green Linden Press, December 2021) and Last Pawn Shop in New Jersey (Louisiana State University Press, February 2022)
- Tyler Mills (MFA, 2008), City Scattered (Tupelo Press, April 2022)
- Kimberly O’Connor (MFA, 2009), White Lung (Saturnalia Books, October 2021)
- Leigh Ann Ruggiero (MFA, 2007), Unfollowers (University of Massachusetts Press, March 2022)
- Allison Wyss (MFA, 2013), Splendid Anatomies (Veliz Books, March 2022)
- Hananah Zaheer (MFA, 2003), Lovebirds (Bull City Press, October 2021)
- Jesal Kanani (MFA, 2006), Tanpura's Strum: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka Poems (Global Collective Publishers, September 2021)
- Sara Burnett (MFA, 2012), Seed Celestial, winner of the 2021 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, selected by Eileen Myles, forthcoming in Fall 2022
- Zein El-Amine (MFA, 2010), Is This How You Eat a Watermelon, winner of the 2021 Megaphone Prize, forthcoming from Radix Media in November of 2022
Recent Alumni Placements
Accepted in AY 2021-2022
- Emily Banks (MFA, 2015) accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, beginning in Fall 2022. This is a three-year position with a potential tenure-track conversion in Creative Writing and American Literature.
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